Energy Labs and Research Centers

Georgia Tech's nationally recognized, energy-focused research centers and laboratories foster multidisciplinary collaborations to address critical challenges concerning our energy supply and use, climate, and the environment. Researchers are developing new and improved solutions to meet our future energy needs. Georgia Tech offers a broad range of resources across campus to address the many complex, long-term, and multifaceted challenges associated with energy research. These labs, centers, and interdisciplinary research institutes provide a platform to engage researchers from a wide variety of disciplines in the development of not only technological solutions to critical energy concerns, but greater understanding of the economic, environmental, political, and social implications of energy generation, distribution and use.

Ben T. Zinn Combustion Laboratory

The Ben T. Zinn Combustion Laboratory is a state of the art research facility dedicated to the study of combustion and fluid mechanical phenomena, and is home to the largest gas turbine combustion research group in the United States. The Laboratory is a shared resource for many combustion research teams, which consist of more than fifteen faculty members, a full time lab management staff, and many graduate students, visiting scholars, and post-doctoral fellows.

Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems (BBISS)

The vision for the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems is to create knowledge and technologies that will improve environmental, social, and economic outcomes.  The BBISS's approach is to holistically integrate the disciplines of science, engineering, social science, policy, planning, design and business into the institute’s work. While its interests span across a wide range of research problems, the BBISS is particularly focused on the emerging science of Gigatechnology.

Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory (CNES)

The Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory is designed to foster industry collaboration and support translational and pre-commercial research in clean, low carbon energy technologies. Research spans all aspects of the energy cycle from production and generation to distribution and use and are focused on addressing our most pressing energy and environmental challenges. Core research conducted within the lab includes, solar technologies, combustion, gasification, catalysis and bio-catalysis, as well as carbon capture and sequestration.

Center for Distributed Energy (CDE)

The CDE was established at Georgia Tech with financial support from the Georgia Research Alliance and Georgia Tech to do advanced research and to develop technologies and holistic solutions that can transform electricity delivery and utilization. Research areas include power conversion, industrial applications, energy conservation, distributed energy resources, distributed control of the grid, security and communications in energy, microgrids, DC nanogrids, and energy access for emerging markets. 

Center for Energy and Geo Processing (CeGP)

The Center for Energy and Geo Processing (CeGP) is a partnership between the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Department of Electrical Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and minerals (KFUPM). The collaboration focuses on research in the areas of signal processing, seismic data processing, and applying modern signal processing to energy-related data. In addition, the Center focuses on education projects that lead to developing curriculum and new learning methodologies.

Center for Innovative Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies (FCBT)

Researchers in the Center for Innovative Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies believe that understanding how and why fuel cells fail is the key to both reducing cost and improving durability. The center takes a multidisciplinary approach to fuel-cell and battery research. It serves as a catalyst for development of revolutionary advances through world-class research integrated across disciplines and spanning from fundamental discovery to application-specific prototypes.

Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE)

The Georgia Tech Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) is a premier national and resource center that creates flexible organic photonic and electronic materials and devices that serve the information technology, telecommunications, energy, and defense sectors. COPE creates the opportunity for disruptive technologies by developing new materials with emergent properties and by providing new paradigms for device design and fabrication.

Center for Transportation Operations and Safety (CTOS)

Georgia Tech's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is committed to engineering fundamentals, state-of-the-art technology, hands-on instruction, and interdisciplinary research to solve problems that are critical to quality of life. The basis of our research is to create a balance between the built environment and the natural environment, while addressing the complex challenges of globalization in the 21st Century.

Climate and Energy Policy Lab (CEPL)

The Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory (CEPL) supports the educational and research missions of Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy by administering both the Certificate program and the Master of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management (MSEEM) degree, and conducting research on: local, national, and global energy transitions; carbon drawdown opportunities in Georgia and beyond; smart grids and cities; and numerous other areas.

Direct Air Capture Center (DirACC)

The Direct Air Capture Center (DirACC) is the culmination of more than a decade of research at Georgia Tech to develop materials and processes that extract carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the atmosphere. Climate models suggest that negative emissions technologies (NETs) will need to be developed and deployed in order to stabilize the climate. With several recent awards, Georgia Tech researchers, with support of the Strategic Energy Institute (SEI) launched the DirACC.

Energy Policy and Innovation Center (EPICenter)

The Energy, Policy, and Innovation Center operates as a division of the Strategic Energy Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology. It was created to provide an unbiased and interdisciplinary framework for stimulating innovation in energy policy and technology for the Southeast region of the U.S. Although based on the campus of Georgia Tech, the center will tap into regional and national expertise within academia, businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and research facilities.

Institute for Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS)

The Institute for Data Engineering and Science (IDEaS) provides a unified point to connect government, industry, and academia to advance foundational research, and accelerate the adoption of Big Data technology. IDEaS leverages expertise and resources from throughout Georgia Tech's colleges, research labs, and external partners, to define and pursue grand challenges in data science foundations and in data-driven discovery, with energy infrastructure as one of those grand challenges.

Institute for Materials (IMat)

Founded in 2012 as one of Georgia Tech’s 10 interdisciplinary research institutes, the Institute for Materials at Georgia Tech seeks to enable and support Georgia Tech’s internationally recognized materials research and innovation ecosystem; establishing and supporting large-scale industry and government partnerships, developing opportunities for Georgia Tech researchers to catalyze new ideas, and establishing Georgia Tech as an internationally recognized hub for core materials research facilities, infrastructure and knowledge.

National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC)

NEETRAC is a self-supporting, membership based center within the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. Our goal is to help the electric utility industry solve the everyday problems associated with transmitting and distributing electric energy reliably and efficiently. NEETRAC staff and facilities, combined with the significant resources of Georgia Tech, can provide our customers with a wide array of analytical, engineering, research and testing services.

School of Cybersecurity and Privacy (SCP)

America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century depends upon cybersecurity. The Internet and its applications are now essential to all aspects of society, including national security, economic exchange, infrastructure, and social and political communication. The School of Cybersecurity and Privacy (SCP) is Georgia Tech’s home for the research and education of cybersecurity and privacy. SCP is dedicated to making cyberspace safer and more secure.

Supply Chain and Logistics Institute (SCL)

The Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute (SCL) is the largest supply chain and logistics leadership institute in the world providing comprehensive research, education, and outreach programs. For more than thirty years, SCL has been a world leader across a broad range of supply chain and logistics domains, nearly all of which have considerable energy implications at their core.

Sustainable Thermal Systems Laboratory (STSL)

The underlying goal of the research conducted at the Sustainable Thermal Systems Laboratory is to develop practical, climate friendly technologies that optimize thermal energy utilization in a variety of systems and processes. This research is driven by the core belief that the current defining issue facing humankind, sustainable energy, can be addressed not simply through the eternal quest for new sources of fossil and renewable energy, but also through better stewardship of thermal energy utilization and the organization of end-use applications.

University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaics (UCEP)

The Department of Energy (DOE) established a University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaics Research and Education (UCEP) at Georgia Tech in 1992, one of two such centers in the United States. The Center, under the direction of Dr. Ajeet Rohatgi, reports through Georgia Tech’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs.